Grammar


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Here’s my opinion on grammar: I love grammar, without it, I can never understand anything. Although, let’s admit it; no one likes grammar. It’s too much for people to handle, and not a lot of people would really care about grammar. The way people view grammar is like government laws: it’s too strict, it’s not needed in life, and it doesn’t allow freedom of expression.

You can think of so many opinions on grammar, but here’s a little insight on grammar: it’s only used in writing. And, it’s not meant for everything or everyone. If you don’t like grammar, well okay. Good luck with people trying to understand you. As for myself, grammar is a skeleton under your skin: it gives structure to help you stay organized.

By the way, grammar exposes the human mind of speech, in my opinion. For example; run-on sentences- your mind is going on and on and on and on. Fragments- it’s a robotic mind. You may or may not agree with me, but it’s just my opinion. Grammar brings clarity to the message. You can sound all emotional, but if you don’t use grammar, you’ll sound like someone just going “blah blah blah, blah blah.”

\Here’s my experience with not using grammar properly: I remember one time I entered a writing contest, and I wrote my first short story. I was super excited to turn it in, until… I got it back. The amount of markings I got on my paper made me run out the door. As I read it over, I realized how badly written my paper was. The story was good, but it was just not that good. It was (drum roll) my grammar.

I’m also super shocked of the number of students not using grammar today yet end up passing English! I mean, WHAT?! All because the schools are afraid of looking bad when the students fail English because of GRAMMAR. I know times have changed, but grammar shouldn’t have to be ignored. Therefore, I became more obsessed with grammar.

So, I don’t care that students fail English because they don’t feel like using grammar. At the end of the day, they can never grow without grammar. Let’s use an example of someone not using grammar: A 9th grade student is writing a paper, and they’ve used “its” for “it is” instead of “it’s”, “your” for “you are” instead of “you’re.” They’ve turned in their paper and the teachers see all the mistakes found in the book, yet they’re afraid of losing their job or their school will get a bad look for failing all the kids in school. So, the teacher passes the student.

Fast forward: the 9th grader just graduated from college and is looking for work in their field (whatever field it is, you can choose one.) The “interviewer” looks at their resume, and then they say, “We will call you with the decision.” They never called. After almost 100 interviews at different places, the student applies for McDonald’s. They look at her resume, and they hire her. Why not the other jobs? You know. The ones that will give the students “six-figures”? Let’s just say one day, the student called one of the places, and she asks, ” I never got a call. Do you know the final decision?” With some hesitation, the person on the other line says, “I’m sorry, but we don’t see you as a fit. Your resume looks elementary.” You know what that means? There were grammatical errors in that resume that the most intellectual person would say, “Fool!”

Get this: what if I told you that the student was applying for the newspaper companies or looking for administrative work? Then, it makes sense. Think about this: grammar is only a skeleton under the skin. It’s one way of showing clarity. In my opinion, grammar helps bring out the message to the world.

Remember, you don’t have to see it as government laws, but rather a ruler to help you draw the lines.

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People


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Here’s my opinion on people: I love PEOPLE. I love being around people. I love how people think, speak, and act. They explore, they learn, they invent, they influence, and they act.

However, it’s difficult to understand why people do certain things, or why they act the way they are. They expect things to go the way they want, but when it’s not the way they want, they get upset. I believe that’s an issue, and it has something to do their ego. They think they deserve what they want, may it be services and goods, or even thoughts and opinions, because they feel that they are entitled to them. When they don’t get them, they start turning into Mr. Hyde. Excuse me, but I’d like Dr. Jekyll back, thank you.

Not only ego, but I also believe that it’s lack of common sense. I even ask myself, “How do they live on when they make certain decisions?” I would get frustrated when there are decisions that I make., and people get upset with me, because I’m not taking their opinion, or “advice”, into consideration.

So, how is it that people don’t think about what they do? Is it because things are given to them? Do they like things given to them? What is it that truly makes people act, think, and behave a certain way? Everyone can say that it’s ego, but could it be instant gratification? When I receive things instantly, I ask, “What’s next?” Do people even ask that question?

Then, I would think of this statement, “Think as you go.” Once you decide, act on it. However, it does take time, so there is a lot of thinking going into it. In the end, something will come out of it. It’s like Confucius said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” And guess what? His statement has predicted that, and people are bringing it to existence.

Here’s my advice for people: evaluate for 5 minutes, give or take 10 minutes, and then move. There is such a thing as thinking as you act. It’s a risk, but you thought about it. At first, I thought thinking would get in the way of everything As I got older, however, I realized that thinking will set me free, then I execute.

Even after all of that thinking, it STILL amazes to me that people have such intelligence, and they use it to their own desire. The main reason for my love for people is their intelligence and how they use it is quite astonishing.

Remember, there is still more questions about people and their environment, and there is still time to explore those questions.

 

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